Recent projects: sweater mittens

January 8, 2015

As most of you are well aware, winter in Minnesota is ridiculously cold! I have a very serious relationship with homemade hats and scarves this time of year, and I’ve decided now is the time to take my mitten relationship to the next level.

Pinterest is bursting with tutorials on how to make your own mittens using an old sweater. One layer of fabric just isn’t going to cut it in the frigid weather we’re currently experiencing, so I added a layer of fleece inside my mittens.

After a few trials and errors cutting my fleece to size (see step XX below), I finally figured it out! And – bonus! – I worked on this project during daylight hours and using my new tripod. Fingers crossed my photos will improve over the course of the year.

And now, without further adieu, my sweater mitten photo tutorial.

Sweater mittens
Time to complete: Approx. 2 hours (depending how quick you are at sewing and how many redo’s you need)

Tools and materials
  • Fleece
  • An old sweater (wool if you want your mittens to repel water)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Step 1. Make sure your fleece is doubled, then trace around your hand on the fleece. Make sure to leave enough space at the wrist for your hand to get in, and take your seam allowance into account. These were my two major slip-ups during this project, so I ended up retracing my hand about three times, but I finally got it!

Step 2. Cut out your fleece, making sure you have both sides for both hands. You could trace each of your hands, or you could create a template and use that. I just traced twice.

Step 3. Pin your fleece, right sides together (it doesn’t really matter that much for the fleece, but it’s always a good practice to get into).

Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3 using your sweater. Tip: use the bottom hem of the sweater for the bottom of your mittens. This ensures you’ll have a nice hem but you won’t have to hem it yourself. Win!

Step 5. Time to sew. I left about 1/4″ seam allowance. It gets a little tricky around the thumb, but take it slow and you’ll be just fine.

Step 6. Trim off any excess fleece. This will keep your mitten from getting too bulky. Insert your sweater into your fleece.

Step 7. Turn your mitten right-side out and pull tight to make sure they’re fully inside out. You don’t want lopsided and lumpy mittens.

Step 8. Wear your mittens! Prepare your hands to be super warm as you brush snow off your car after work.

Note: I didn’t attach the fleece lining to the outer sweater. You certainly could do that, but I was planning on keeping mine removable and making a second pair of mittens out of another sweater (which you can see in my materials photo). I would recommend sewing the bottom together if you want to keep your two together permanently.

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